James Beard finalist Katy Millard’s story is truly one of working from the ground up.
After earning a degree in hospitality, Katy took off to see the world. She was so impressed with a meal in Paris at Guy Savoy that Katy implored Chef Savoy for a job in the kitchen. She peeled shrimp and garlic and scrubbed floors, thinking she would stay for only a few months. Two and half years later, she was cooking at some of the best restaurants in France, including Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or, Le Grand Hotel in St Jean-Cap Ferrat, and La Table du Lancaster.
Returning to the U.S., Chef Millard joined Daniel Patterson’s team at Coi in San Francisco, and later moved to Portland, Oregon, where she opened a pop-up restaurant named Coquine. Its success led to a brick and mortar home in 2015 where Coquine was named one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit. The recognition continued when Chef Millard was named a James Beard finalist for “Best Chef, Northwest” in 2017 and 2018.